Folate (folic acid)

Folate, also known as folic acid, is vital for cell growth and making DNA. It's key for pregnant women to prevent birth defects. Folate is in leafy greens, fruits, beans, and fortified foods. Supplements are common for pregnancy and some health conditions. A lack of folate can lead to tiredness and weak immunity.

Folate (folic acid)

Who would benefit from testing their folate levels?

Pregnant women, individuals with digestive disorders like celiac or Crohn’s disease, people taking certain medications, and those showing symptoms of anemia benefit from testing their folate levels. It’s also important for those with poor diets and older adults who might face nutritional deficiencies.

What are symptoms of low folate?

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Pale skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Diarrhea or digestive disorders
  • Mouth ulcers or a swollen tongue

What are the best dietary sources of folate?

In the diet, folate is found in a variety of foods, including leafy green vegetables (like spinach and kale), fruits (like oranges and bananas), legumes (such as beans and lentils), nuts, and seeds. Additionally, many countries fortify staple foods like bread, cereals, and pasta with folic acid, which is a synthetic form of folate.

What are the benefits of supplementation with folic acid?

Folic acid supplementation is crucial, especially for pregnant women, as it prevents birth defects in the fetus. It promotes healthy cell growth, aiding in the formation of red blood cells and reducing anemia risk. Additionally, it supports heart health by lowering homocysteine levels, a risk factor for heart disease, and enhances brain function, potentially lowering the risk of mental health issues. Overall, folic acid is vital for DNA synthesis and repair, contributing to general health and well-being.

Test(s) that measure/test for Folate (folic acid)

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Vitamin Test (B12, Folate, D, E, Q10)

GetTested's Vitamin Test offers detailed analysis of key vitamins: B12, Folate (B9), D, E, and Coenzyme Q10. This test is particularly useful for individuals with dietary limitatio...
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Health Test Basic

GetTested's Health Test Basic offers a thorough assessment of individual health through an at-home blood test. Covering key health markers for kidney, liver, and pancreas function,...
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